After reading the other two answers here, I am tempted to share a word of caution : the ending of Tagore’s novel ‘Chokher Bali’ is pretty different in content from. CHOKHER BALI, a novel by Rabindranath Tagore [Rabindranath Tagore] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Sorry!! There is no description. Rabindranath Tagore Chokher Bali and millions of other books are available for . epitome of Bengali literature and several of his short stories and novels have.

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Binodini hails the woman and the two soon agree that it would be best if Binodini came to live with the woman and her son, Mahendra who, by the way, was one of the first to see Binodini’s photo when she was unwed and up for grabs yet refused her on account of his chokber “unready for marriage”. I don’t know about the English translation, but in Bangla, Rab Chokher Bali is the most realistic book I have ever read.

But was she a widow by choice? She would have found forgiveness nogel her heart and would’ve loved wholeheartedly again. In the end she does break the shackles free, and even if she couldn’t tie a garland of roses with her love, at least no ropes were bringing her down. Nov 15, Rishav Agarwal rated it liked it. Seema is a book lover and likes to read great fiction work.

I can write pages about Binodini’s character. This is a novel about desires,passions,unfulfilled dreams,relationships and at last honesty,truthfulness and responsibilities. This service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. The level of thinking he had at the end of 19th century is more advanced than authors of the present millennium.

As she is leaving for Kashi, Mahendra comes to mend their relations, which she refuses. Unfortunately, he also gets entangled in the game of deceit and revenge. Tagore has also managed to brandish his poetic skills in the books which left me smiling at the choice of words.


Rajalakshmi frets, but is soon mollified when her subsequent efforts chkkher fruition and a marriage is arranged between the teenaged Asha and Mahendra. If only the translation had been better.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. He also noted that the film appeals “to a niche audience due to its periodic settings and ideologies. Thanks for telling us about the problem. But I opted to read the English translation instead took the chokheer road.

They were deprived of everything and this story portrays the struggle of one such young widow. She is so real. As a Bong living in the 21st century, I can hardly judge her for her decisions, hell I envy her strength. Shesher Kobita7. This is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature.

That’s how Bangla society was at that time.

Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore

Jan 17, Surabhi Sharma rated it it was amazing Shelves: But I guess knowing she was loved, truly, would have to suffice. This is used to display charts bxli graphs on articles and the author center. A secure life of love and care, which could have been Binodini’s, if Mohan would not have refused to marry her earlier. Tagore’s novels are a radical statement of his unconventional and non-denominational viewpoint which were quite ahead of his conservative times of 19th and 20th century India.

Chokher Bali

Rajalakshmi, the mother, is balk company in her old age by her sister-in-law who is also a widow, and Behari, a very close friend of Mahendra is also a part of the family circle. A reader’s progress” — via Business Standard.

I’m sure in Bengali this would have been a page-turner. It’s almost perfect in technicality albeit a few repetitions of phrases and words.

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Also the fact that this was written in or so, it felt a bit dated at times. Chaturanga5. Jealousy and deprivation of happiness can result into an emotion strong nobel to forget all other ties and relationships. This onvel used to prevent bots and spam. This book kept me hooked – it’s beautifully written; the content’s amazing; the story’s interesting, plausible and unpredictable; the characters are well developed and very relatable.


It felt so contemporary in so many ways. In one incident, a letter containing a love poem in English dedicated to Asha falls into the hands of the mother, who makes Binodini read nlvel out to her.

I later read Home and the World and while I enjoyed the story I thought the translation by Surendranath Tagore was lacking. A widow at the age of Chokher Bali is a Bengali novel by Rabindranath Tagore that depicts the life of the central character, Binodini, and her relationships with three individuals.

Rabindranath Tagore’s Norm-Defying Novel, Chokher Bali

Tagore died before independence but his contribution to the freedom movement lives on and likewise, his fictional prophecy regarding partition proved to be correct. Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: Mahendra Mohanis a pampered son of Rajalakshmi and studying to become a doctor.

novsl Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so. One day they receive a proposal chooher a young woman named Binodini along with a photograph. The weight of each character builds as the book progresses, handling such a subject, like all Tagore, this book must have been way ahead of its time. But they strike up a camaraderie which is resented by Mahendra, which brings about a new found frigidity in their friendship.

This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons. A prolific writer and the harbinger of Bengali Renaissance, Tagore engendered a magnum opus of literary art both chokuer verse and prose form.